"Hey guys, Paris here...
So my journey started when I was just a small child after being brought into the world of country music when my parents would play Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton in the car. At the young age of 7, I began taking keyboard lessons and my love for music began to grow. Being the most shy girl in school, the beginning of my journey was not an easy road.
Although I knew I had a lot to offer in the music world, I hid away from my talent in the role of a chorus girl when I performed all over the country in school performances including places like The Royal Albert Hall London and The Symphony Hall Birmingham.
It wasn't until I turned 14 when my mum encouraged me to pursue my singing dream and to take part in a local talent showcase 'Teen Idol' which really helped grow my confidence in myself as I became a stronger artist on stage and a stronger person off stage. When I finished school at 16, I had grown enough confidence to step in front of my whole year of roughly 250 class mates and sang my heart out. This was a big achievement for me at the time, as I took the spotlight for all of 3 minutes out of the 5 years of school and it was the most proudest moment of my whole school life!
A city girl with a country heart, I was born and raised just outside of Coventry, UK and was determined to continue my passion.
In 2013 when I had just turned 18, I was lucky enough to be chosen to perform at Wembley Arena, London for a charity showcase to support and raise awareness for adoption and fostering, with an estimation of around 14,000 audience members. This was a huge opportunity for me and I feel so privileged to have been given that chance. This lead onto other platforms including working with band members and professional musicians, TV exposure and tours.
In September 2014, I then decided to teach myself to play acoustic guitar which lead to me writing what was to become my debut EP.
In April 2015 after I turned 20 years old, I released my debut EP 'Stranger To You' and headlined my launch night in my hometown at The Tin, Coventry where I hoped to sell a few CDs. Instead, I ended up filling the venue and to my happiness, reached number 2 in the iTunes UK Country Album Charts behind 'The Shires' knocking out Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton after just 24 hours of being on sale. To make 2015 even better, I was then featured on many radio stations around the UK including BBC Introducing, Chris Country and BBC CWR where my songs were quoted as "favourite tune of the week".
After the success of my album, I spontaneously booked a three week trip to Nashville by myself in hope to perform a handful of shows. Instead,
I had a song-writing session with Nashville born singer/songwriter Chris Rogers and BMI songwriter Steve O'Brien, performed shows every night around Nashville including the famous Bluebird Café and received an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget- not to mention the fabulous cowboy boots
I got out there!
For the rest of 2015, I hope to inspire other musicians around the country and continue the success of Stranger To You whilst in the process of planning tours, gigs and festivals for 2015/16.
To all the shy girls out there, just remember you don't always need a plan. You just need to have courage to keep going and believe in yourself because nothing is impossible."